Sr. Dzulkefy Ahmad, Johor State Housing, Communication and Multimedia Committee chairman encourages parents to change their view on technical and vocational education for their children as secondary in lieu of Malaysia moving towards materialising Industry 4.0. citing Germany as example where 60-70% of the youths there were trained in vocational or technical course.
The Exco showed his appreciation of corporate organisations like Pelabuhan Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) who have assisted underprivileged children in schooling aid for the past 13 years.
“We see this collaborative effort as a sound investment into the future for the Johor state and Malaysia knowing that good education will be the foundation of the growth and wellbeing of the country. This is in line with the state government’s aspiration to have a sustainable human capital supply in Johor,” he added.
As the academic year just begun, PTP, a member of MMC Group extended their aid to underprivileged students in Gelang Patah area through a Back To School programme, giving school essentials for selected children from B40 group at the Gelang Patah Multipurpose Hall.
170 children, made up of 130 primary school students and 40 secondary school students were chosen to receive school aid consisting of school bags, stationeries, notebook and colouring sets among others. The presentation ceremony was officiated by Sr. Dzulkefly Ahmad who is also the Iskandar Puteri Assemblyman. School principals, teachers and parents of the selected students were also present during the event.
“Education creates empowerment and it is the catalyst for upward social mobility. As such, we are delighted to be able to play a role in helping students and families involved in the programme and we hope that this will help boost the spirit of the students and further encourage them to strive for their better future,” said Chief Executive Officer of PTP, Marco Neelsen.